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County agrees to 911 building

The Chilton County Commission approved a land use agreement with Chilton County 911 in conjunction with the construction of a new 911 building.

The facility will be located behind the current DHR building on Airport Road.

It will be a 20-year term lease with an option for an additional 10 years.

According to Commission Chairman Joseph Parnell, when 911 leaves the building it will become the county’s possession. At no point will the county relinquish control of the property.

The Commission also passed a resolution to make the stretch of County Road 37 from the Thorsby town limits to State Road 22 part of the county’s 2020 gas tax transportation plan.

Jordan Jones was hired as a maintenance co-op with the Chilton County Road Department. He is a high school student at Thorsby and will work part-time with the department after spending the summer helping out and learning the ins and outs of the business.

The next budget work session was scheduled for Sept. 3 at 5:30 p.m.

In other news from the meeting:

  • A digital information cooperative agreement was entered with the state of Alabama for the aerial photography commonly used by the tax assessor’s office.
  • A request from County Engineer Tony Wearren was approved to amend the road department’s budget to increase revenue by municipalities by $8,500; special ad valorem by $23,000; R&M Construction equipment by $30,600; and advertising by $900.
  • A road department line item transfer of $100,000 from road construction to salaries was approved. The transfer was not for raises.
  • Billy Hicks was hired full-time as courthouse security with the Sheriff’s Office. He will be filling a position due to Gerald Purvis electing to drop from full-time to part-time.
  • Daniel Nichols was reclassified as a night shift supervisor at the jail with the Chilton County Sheriff’s Office. He will be filling a vacancy left by Brian Ashworth.
  • The Sheriff’s Office hired an investigator to fill the position left by Billy Fulmer after he transferred to the courthouse from investigations.
  • The Commission approved a resolution for the Sheriff’s Office to apply for a yearly ADECA grant and authorized the chairman to sign the grant agreement.
  • Donald Giles was hired as Higgins Ferry park ranger effective Aug. 28.
  • A resolution by Commissioner Joe Headley was approved to add the Chilton County Firefighters Association to the budget appropriation list.
  • Commissioner Jimmie Hardee was named to the ACCA Legislative Committee.
  • Nominations for the Chilton Water Board will go one more meeting.
  • The Commission approved the minutes from the July 30 meeting.
  • The Commission approved to pay its bills.